Our Team

Appleseed Childcare is a place of fun, love, games, stories, songs, play and imagination – but behind all of our activities is a guiding program of early childhood education and development.

Appleseed Childcare is a place of fun, love, games, stories, songs, play and imagination – but behind all of our activities is a guiding program of Early Childhood Education and Development.

Our Early Childhood Educators are fully qualified and very experienced – many have been with Appleseed since it opened in 2010. They are dedicated to their roles and attend regular professional development training.

 

Kim Elhayek

Licensee

I am the Owner of Appleseed Childcare.

My history in childcare goes back to 2003 when I worked in a 2-3 room looking after 16 toddlers while studying my certificate 3. I had 2 children and was ready for a career change. After completing my Certificate 3, I went on to complete my Diploma in Children’s Services, then my Bachelor of Teaching 0-5 years through Charles Sturt University.

This was a very challenging experience with 3 children and pregnant with my fourth, but working with children is something I’ve always had a passion for. It stems from being the oldest sibling of 6 younger brothers.

My husband and I bought our first preschool located on the Central Coast in 2003, and so we made the move from Sydney to operate the preschool. In 2006 we bought a long day care centre in Woy Woy but we had the ambition to build our dream centre with everything that we wanted, so the search was on to look for a sight back in Sydney.

In 2008 we decided that Ray Rd would be the place that our dream centre would be built, and in April 2009 the site was cleared to be ready for construction. It was an exciting time for me, assisting with the design and purchasing materials and resources for the centre. In June 2010 we opened for business, with children eager to start their journey with us. Since then, we have built a great team and have had many lovely families and children attend of our centre.

We look forward to showing you through our centre and building a great relationship with yourself and your child.

Hannah

Director

Educational Leader

My name is Hannah and I started at working at Appleseed in July 2011.

I studied my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education through the Australian Catholic University. Since starting at Appleseed Childcare in 2011, I spent most of time in the 0-2 age group as the Room Leader - which was very rewarding. However at the start of 2016 I was keen for a change and to work with a new age group, so I moved to the preschool room.

The beginning of 2017 gave me new challenges as I moved into a second in charge role and then from May 2017 I moved into a Centre Director position. I absolutely love this role and have enjoyed learning many new skills about managing a service, mentoring and guiding a team of Educators and office administration. 

I look forward to working with you and your child in the future. If you have any questions please come and see me or give me a call. 

Kind Regards,

Hannah

Bereta

Cook

I hold a Certificate in Commercial Cookery and hospitality.

I love planning and making the meals for the children. I am passionate about providing good nutrition with every meal.

Melissa

Red Room Leader - (Currently on Maternity Leave)

I have been working at Appleseed since March 2011. I love my leadership role in the preschool room, and enjoy watching the children grow and develop through different stages.

After leaving school, I began studying a Bachelor of Arts at University before realising my passion for Early Childhood. I went on to complete my Certificate 3 and Diploma in Children’s Services at College full-time in 2010 while attending practical days at a local child care centre and before and after school care. I have recently graduated from a Bachelor of Teaching (0-5 years) at TAFE.

I will be going on Maternity leave at the end of June 2017 to have my first baby. 

Jaclyn

Red Room Leader

I started at Appleseed Childcare in November 2014 and was based in the preschool room. In 2017 I progressed into a Room Leader position in the toddler room.I work full time and I will be completing my Diploma in Children's Services this year. In 2018 I moved back into the Preschool Room as the Room Leader. 

I find working with children a rewarding career that challenges me in many different ways and there are many skills and lessons to learn each day. I love getting to know the children and helping them as individuals while having lots of fun along the way!

I look forward to meeting you.

- Jac

Alex

Red Room Educator

Hey! My name is Alex.

I started at Appleseed in 2014 as a Yellow Room Educator before moving into a Room Leader position at the start of 2016.

I loved working with young children and enjoy planning lots of exciting activiites and experiences to keep them engaged and interested throughout the day. I find working with young children to be so rewarding and such a hoot! 

I welcomed my first baby at the begining of 2017 which was a very exciting time for our family. I have recently returned to Appleseed after taking a year off on Maternity Leave. I am based in the preschool room, where i job share with Ilaria. I work 3 days a week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). 

I look forward to getting to know you and your child!

- Alex

Ilaria

Red Room Educator

Hi there!

My name is Ilaria and I am from Italy! I work in the Red Room on a Monday and Tuesday.

I have a passion for the outdoors and an interest in the environment and sustainabilty. I have completed previous studies around these subjects and have a Bachelor of Biological Science and a Masters in Environmental Biology.

I am now currently studying a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care which I am really enjoying and I like being able to combine both my studies when planning and programming for the children. 

I am kind, caring and friendly which helps me connect with children and adults from different backgrounds and build warm, trusting relationships with them. 

I also believe promoting physical activities, such as fine and gross motor, dance and co-ordination, ball and physical agility skills is fundamental for young children's wellbeing and physical development.

- Ilaria

Melanie

Red Room Floater

Hello! My name is Melanie.

I am in my 4th and final year of study at Macquarie University where I am studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary). I have experience working with both preschool and primary school aged children.

Working with children is my passion in life. It is so important to me because I want to be a part of shaping children to be the best person they can be!

I am looking forward to getting to know and working with you, your child and your family. 

- Melanie

Erin

Green Room Leader

Hi there, I'm Erin and I started working at Appleseed in 2016.

I hold a diploma in Children's Services and have 10 years experiences in the early childhood industry. I have a 5 year old son and have a passion for educating young children. I'm currently working in the Green Room 4 days per week.

I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your family.

Regards,

Erin

Jessie-Lea

Green Room Educator 

Hi my name is Jessie-Lea.

I have recently finished my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I started working at Appleseed in January 2016 in the 2-3yrs room and I have loved being in there ever since.

As an Educator I enjoy educating children as they learn new skills such as language, sharing, engaging in play, making friends as well as reaching many new milestones in their development. I look forward to meeting you and helping your child grow their skills and develop. 

Regards,

Jessie

Nisha

Green Room Educator

Hi there! 

I have completed my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care and currently I am studying my Diploma. 

I love working with children and providing them with consistent emotional support and also assisting children to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. 

I look forward to working with you and your child.

Lonica

Yellow Room Leader

I started at Appleseed at the start of 2017 and I hold a Diploma in Children's Services. I moved to Sydney from Bendigo, where I had been working with children for over 7 years.

Over these years I have gained valuable experience and skills that are essential in providing children and their families with high quality early childhood learning experience.  I am a deeply caring person who adores and delights in all children. I work full time and I look forward to meeting you.

Regards,

Lonica

Nita

Yellow Room Educator (Maternity Leave until June 2018) 

Hi, my name is Nita and I started working at Appleseed in January 2016. I’m currently based in the Yellow Room full time, however I will be going on Maternity Leave in Novemeber as my husband and I are expecting our very first baby! 

I moved to Sydney from Iran with my husband in 2012 and after working in another industry for 3 years, realised that I needed to follow my passion and work with children. It’s amazing to witness and help children grow, develop, socialise and learn.

I completed my Certificate 3 in Children's Services and am currently studying my Diploma In Children’s Services. I enjoy the everyday, rewarding experience at this centre, working alongside professional and caring educators.

I look forward to meeting with you.

Kind Regards,

Nita

Jolene

Yellow Room Educator

Hi, my name is Jolene!

I started working at Appleseed in January. 

I work fulltime in the Yellow Room. I hold a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education & Care and am currently studying my Diploma. I love being around children and seeing them grow and develop. 

I am a happy person who loves to learn new things and make new friends!

Looking forward to seeing you :)  

Siena

Yellow Room Educator

Hi families,  my name is Siena.  I work full time in the Yellow Room. I started at Appleseed in 2017. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

I am passionate about working with children and enjoying watching them learn and develop. The 0-2 years is my favourite age group. 

 

I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your child.

Regards,

Siena

Lyndal

Yellow Room Educator

Hi there!

I'm Lyndal and I have recently moved to Sydney from Queensland.

Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I am so excited to be undertaking a full-time traineeship with the centre.

I look forward to getting to know all the children and families that attend the service.

I love that I get the opportunity to help children develop their growing minds.

- Lyndal

Tasha

Yellow Room Floater

 Hello - my name is Tasha!

I'm an enthusiastic, bubbly and caring Educator who absolutely loves working with children of all ages!

I have worked in hospitality for the past 3 years and decided to try something new. Working with young children has always been my passion - so I am now studying to complete my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care.

In the future I aim to go on to complete my Diploma and then eventually study my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

I look forward to working with you and your child.

- Tasha

Ashley

Floater

Hi, My name is Ashley I currently work Wednesdays and Fridays at Appleseed. I am currently a Float Educator, however do spend the majority of my time in the Green Room (2-3.5yrs). 

I am in my 2nd year of my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

I love working with children of all ages and enjoy seeing them learn and grow. I am a kind and caring person who loves to listen. 

I look forward to assisting the development of your child through play activities that are carefully programmed to promote your children's physical and cognitive development. 

See you around the centre! 

- Ashley

Emma

Floater

My name is Emma and I work part time at Appleseed. I am also currently in my 2nd year of my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary) degree which I am really enjoying.

I am a centre floater and enjoy getting to know all the children across the centre and extending on their ideas, thoughts and interests throughout the day. 

I look forward to working with you and your child.

- Emma

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